Thursday, November 8, 2012
Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw will retire and leave office before his term expires in January.
Hinshaw told KAKE News Thursday his last official day in office will be Dec. 15.
It is the move Hinshaw said makes the most financial and logistical sense. Hinshaw is part of a retirement fund for Kansas police officers and firefighters, which offers incentives if he retires in December.
In addition to retiring early, Hinshaw said he will appoint Sheriff-elect Jeff Easter as his undersheriff later this month. State law requires each newly elected sheriff to undergo a two-week training program and those receiving the training must be employed by the office they have been elected to lead.
Appointing Easter to the position of undersheriff will fulfill that requirement, Hinshaw said.
Easter defeated the incumbent Hinshaw in the August Republican primary before winning Tuesday's general election.
The Sedgwick County Republican Committee later this month will recommend an interim sheriff. Governor Sam Brownback will likely appoint that person to fill the remainder of Hinshaw's term.